Zoo Summer Season Kicks off Saturday, May 24 CINCINNATI, OH – (May 21, 2014) The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to kick off its summer season, on Saturday, May 24, with the return of summer shows, animal encounters and unique new experiences! Presented by Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers, Summer Adventure at the Cincinnati Zoo allows guests to experience the best the Zoo has to offer! Zoo visitors can see birds soar overhead at the Great American Wings of Wonder Bird Show, cheetahs race at top speeds at the Cheetah Encounter, hand feed Maasai giraffe, watch an elephant take a bath, and stop by the Zoo’s kea exhibit (opening June 6) to see fun flights and demonstrations. In addition, around every bend there is the opportunity to put hand-to-scale or feather during random animal encounters that take place every day throughout the park. The new kea exhibit, featuring ornilux “Bird Safe” viewing glass that will turn the flight cage into an interactive exhibit, will host kea chats and kea encounters throughout the summer. Zoo keepers will also open up the flight cage and invite guests inside for unique kea demonstrations! The exhibit will also feature exciting games that encourage families to work together like kea to solve problems and inspire critical conservation conversations. Always a must-see in the summer at the Zoo, the Great American Wings of Wonder Bird Show features more than 20 different species of birds and mammals. The Bird Show takes place every week, Wednesday through Sunday, at 1 pm and 3 pm. Visitors should also stop by the Cheetah Encounter, Friday through Tuesday, at 11 a.m. and Noon, to see the fastest land mammals in the world, from the internationally-known Cat Ambassador Program, racing at top speeds. Visitors can hand feed giraffes at Giraffe Ridge daily at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3 pm, and 4:30 pm and meet the Zoo’s new baby giraffe, “Nasha!” While in AFRICA, guests can also stop by the African Animal Encounter which will take place daily 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Get close to the action as keepers share fascinating behind the scenes information and stories about the animals during special animal encounters. Click here for a complete list of Animal Encounter locations, times and days. Opening June 28, and extending the already acclaimed exhibit, the Zoo will open phase IV of its AFRICA exhibit. The newest phase is a must-see and will add the wide vista view of several new African species, including the African painted dogs, several species of gazelle, African birds such as ostrich, and many more! Come see what the Zoo has in store this summer, presented by Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers, starting May 24at the Cincinnati Zoo.